She danced…

She danced into his dreams ~

a barefoot moonlit beauty

ebony hair and a precious smile

his fantasy

his breathtaking muse 

before he awoke

she had captured his heart

  

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Trainspotting #SundayBlogShare

Being born in Edinburgh, the book and film has always deeply resonated with me.

Brutally and beautifully written, it’s a snapshot of the life of a heroin addicts’ day to day struggles.  

And there are plenty…

It made me laugh, cry and ultimately count myself lucky that my life never took the direction of Mark Renton, played by the awesome Ewan McGregor in the film.

If you’ve never read it, in my opinion, you’re missing out.  Also the film has an amazing soundtrack which complements it perfectly. 

So, hats off to a genius story teller – Mr Irvine Welsh…*Deep curtsy.*

  
  
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Happy Birthday Leo DiCaprio

Being a fan of Mr DiCaprio, and with a bit of time on my hands, (be it at the expense of the ironing), I decided to compile a list of my top five Leo films:

Number Five:  Inception (2010)

Inception 2

Movie synopsis:  A thief who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.  Via IMDb

Tagline:  The dream is real.

My synopsis:  Wow!  A hot young cast, amazing graphics, and a tortured hero makes for a clever, mind blowing thriller. Watch it more then once to see the things you missed the first time.  There’s a good deal of sleeping in Inception, but I was never tempted to rest my eyes.  This film is thought provoking, and if this kind of thing happened in the future… blimey, watch out.

My rating:  8/10

Number Four:  Gangs of New York (2002)

Gangs of New York

Movie synopsis:  In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father’s killer.  Via:  IMDb

My synopsis:  Daniel Day Lewis plays Bill the Butcher brilliantly.  Unhinged, scary and sinister, he’s unforgettable in this part.  Amsterdam Vallon played by Leo, is at first a quiet young man, but just wait until he goes postal. Cameron Diaz plays Jenny, a young Irish girl under the wing of Bill, with a bit of a dodgy accent, but her and Leo share some on screen chemistry.  I love the setting and the period costumes.  Gangs of New York is a brutally violent visual treat.  Thank you, Mr Scorsese.  Love it!

My rating:  8/10

Number Three:  Django Unchained (2012)

Django

Movie Synopsis:  With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.  Via:  IMDb

My Synopsis:  A dark tale of slavery with a stellar cast.  Leo doesn’t appear until a good way through the movie, but for me, he steals the show.  Not for the faint hearted, Django Unchained is a sometimes humorous, jaw dropping, bloody story from the master of thinking out of the box: Quentin Tarantino.  And, I loved the fact that Jamie Foxx used his own horse in the movie.  Bravo.

My rating:  9/10

Number Two:  The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Wolf

Movie Synopsis:  Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.  Via: IMDb

My Synopsis:  An utterly brilliant tale of corruption, and excessive greed.  Leo and Jonah Hill are a genius combination providing some laugh out loud moments.  My favourite scene has to be when Jordan takes his car for a spin whilst under the influence of drugs.  I loved Leo taking on a comedic role.  And, some of the sex scenes with Margot Robbie are scorching hot.  On a serious note, this film shows the decadent excesses of the period, that for me are cringe worthy. Another Scorsese masterpiece. Superb.

My rating:  9/10

Number One:  The Departed (2006)

Departed

Movie Synopsis:  An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.  Via:  IMDb

My Synopsis:  A tale of gangsters, police corruption and downright badness.  This film has a plethora of talent. Leo plays Billy, one of the good guys opposite Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson as the baddies.  Mark Wahlberg is brilliant in this too.  I have watched this film so many times, I’ve lost count, and it always makes me cry.  It’s a fast paced, shocking movie, and my number one.  Here’s a great scene regarding cranberry juice… I’m off to join the Martin Scorsese fan club.